Day 3 at GenCon 2003

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Sorry for the late report on our last day at GenCon (Saturday). This was an
abbreviated day - had to make it back to Shelbyville in time for a birthday
celebration with the family. It was a blast nonetheless and I have a few more
photos to share.

Jacob examines his order cards in Battle Cry.

We started the day by checking out Battle
Cry
from Game Base 7.
This is a game I've been wanting to try for quite a long time, and I was not
disappointed. This is a very light, very tactical war game set during the
American Civil War. There's a lot to like about this game: the use of command
cards to simulate (in my opinion) the complexity and latency of issuing
commands on the field; the use of multiple miniatures in a square to represent
force strength; the easy to learn and execute combat system. We taught
ourselves the game and played the Bull Run scenario in about 45 minutes. I won
fairly easily, but I was playing the confederates and for some reason I think
the deck is stacked against the union in this scenario. This is definitely a
game we'll add to our collection.

Jacob and I enjoy a game of Elfenland.

Our next game was a scheduled event to play
Elfenland. I've played
King of the Elves
many times with my kids, but this was our first chance playing the board game.
We both enjoyed the board game more than the card game. Players attempt to
visit as many towns as possible in the space of 4 turns. Player interaction
comes in a few interesting ways. Players alternate choosing what mode of
transportation will be used to travel from town to town. By leveraging routes
laid out by other players, a player can likely visit more towns in a turn. But
with that approach comes risk, since a player might subsequently choose an
unusable mode of transportation to a town you plan to visit. I didn't catch on
soon enough, and my initial path sent me too far away from the other players,
limiting my travel each turn. I'll still managed to finish in second place
with 17 towns visited to the winner's 18.

Jacob and I had a fab time playing some D&D in this RPGA sessions.

The last event of GenCon for Jacob and me was a 4 hour
RPGA-sponsored Dungeons and
Dragons
adventure - part of
the Legacy of the Green Regent campaign. We fell in with a great group and had
a fun time, even though we did not manage to complete the adventure. Jacob
played a shield dwarf fighter and I played a human rouge - the rest of the
party were either elves or half-elves. This was the highlight of the
convention for Jacob - he loves role playing and looked forward to this event
all week.

That's all for GenCon Indy 2003! We plan to make it back each year given the
proximity to family in the Indianapolis area.

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